Hiking in Colorado

Why Hike The Regions of Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is between Estes Park and Grand Lake with the Continental Divide’s east and west slopes going directly through the park’s center. With more than 125 hiking trails and trailheads spread across five geographic locations and ranging in easy to extreme, there is something for everyone in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Paved trails, mountain adventures, and backcountry campsites await those seeking a day or overnight experience to one of over a hundred campsites. Many of the trails are only accessible in the summer due to hazardous weather conditions during the winter.

REGION 1

The trails found in this region is where Grand Lake is. This area is also known as the Continental Divide’s West side. Lush green expansive meadows and lots of moose are prevalent here.

Are you a lake lover? Great, put on your best pair of hiking boots and make the seven miles up Bowen Lake. As you start on an even surface, there is a gradual climb that weaves its way through a thick forest.

After experiencing the beauty of Bowen Lake, continue and head through Bowen Pass. Note that this seven-and-a-half-mile hike is also steep. When you reach your destination, you will be in the Arapaho National Forest.

Those that brought their tents and other backcountry supplies will enjoy hiking less than 14 miles across the East Inlet Trail, around Lone Pine Lake, and through a forest to reach Lake Verna. There are two sites here available for camping.

When you love to push things to the extreme, you will find the 30 miles of Continental Divide National Scenic Trail the place to be. This trail traverse’s magnificent scenery, tundra, and views of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Do not worry if you are not a thrill-seeking hiker and are looking for something more relaxing. Adams Falls is less than a half-mile and the most popular stroll that takes you thru river scenery, aspen, pine forest, and rocks of grey and black that jut out along the way.

Wildlife lovers, especially those hunting moose for some outstanding photo shots, will love Coyote Valley. Follow along the Colorado River banks as you enjoy your early morning stroll searching for the best view to snap that million-dollar picture. This one-mile hike is paved, allows strollers, and offers picnic tables for those who wish to come and eat lunch.

REGION 2

The Alpine Region is the name given to Region 2. High elevations and incredible vistas await you here.

Pack up your picnic basket and head to Lake Irene, where eight picnic tables await you and your family. This easy, one-mile trip offers up incredible rolling meadows to venture out and see. Enjoy a couple of hours or the whole day, as you also explore the nearby forest land.

Another excellent walk takes you a little over one mile. Tombstone Ridge is rated easy and comes with some incredible views.

If you have traveled to the Rocky Mountain National Park to view the Continental Divide, the 5.8-mile hike Mount Ida is for you. Break out the camera and snap some pictures of the expansive views that take your breath away. Thunderstorms are frequent on this hike, so pack a raincoat.

REGION 3

The northern part of the Rocky Mountain National Park is a wilderness paradise. Trails in Region 3 range from a charming 0.15 miles up to some intense hiking going 9.5 miles.

Alluvial Fan is the beautiful short hike that will lead you to a river and show you how the Lawn Lake Flood affected it. This easy, 20 feet elevation hike is a paradise for the lovers of water. Bring your lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic tables as you watch the kiddos splashing around in the stream nearby.

Should you decide to venture out in the winter, head up the Chasm Falls trails. The road is closed during this time, so you will need to park at the West Alluvial Fan lot. Bring the kids along, as this is a kid-friendly hike.

REGION 4

Region 4 plays host to Rocky Mountain National Parks most visited and famous trails. Here you will enjoy trails with easy access, superb views, and lakes galore.

Bear Lake Loop is an incredible fast hike that takes you past spectacular peak views to the base of Flattop Mountain and Hallett Peak. Bear Lake Loop is an extremely popular trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Do not let the 0.6 miles fool you, though, as Bear Lake is not entirely flat, and rocks are throughout the dirt.

If you are seeking out a destination wedding location, then look no more. Bear Lake Loop can host your fabulous day, as it accommodates anywhere from 2-35.

Dream Lake is an excellent place for a family hike. As this is the most photographed lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, you will be kicking yourself if you forget the camera. Capture images of Nymph Lake and Hallett Peak, Glacier Gorge, or Flattop Mountain. If this dreamy location is not enough, hike on over to Emerald Lake, just 0.7 miles away.

REGION 5

The south side of Estes Park is considered Region 5. The iconic fourteener, Longs Peak, is located here. Impressive waterfalls and backcountry areas are also in this Wild Basin area.

Lily Lake is a one-mile trail that offers incredible views of Mount Meeker and Longs Peak. Bring your fishing pole and stop at the fishing pier to try your luck.

CONCLUSION

These are just a few of the incredible trails that one can enjoy either solo or with family in Rocky Mountain National Park. Amazing views, superb vistas, challenging, and easy hikes provide an incredible incentive to hike in this national park.

Should you need some more enticement, do not forget about Trail Ridge Road. Trails along this area bisect Rocky Mountain National Park and supply outstanding views as you go over the top of the Continental Divide.

If you need help planning any Colorado or Colorado Springs family of corporate adventures, don’t hesitate to give the experts at Broadmoor Outfitters a call.

Giraffe feeding is a favorite at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

6 Best Stops at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is America’s highest zoo, above sea level at the astonishing elevation of 6,800 feet and proudly calls Colorado Springs home. Over 800 animals, with 30 being on the endangered list, reside here. Come for the exquisite line up of exotic species but also some breathtaking Colorado City views.

The zoo is easily reached from downtown Colorado Springs and conveniently located less than ten minutes from The Broadmoor.

WHAT TO DO AT THE ZOO

Visiting a zoo does not have to constitute just walking around, looking at animals in their habitat. When you visit Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, you can immerse yourself and family in some outstanding experiences.

Modern Art

A modern art exhibit at the zoo? Yes, after all, it is the perfect location.  Forty species of reptiles enjoy as close to their natural habits as possible at Scutes Family Gallery.

Giraffe Feeding

Head over to the African Rift Valley exhibit and check out a giraffe as up close as possible. Grab some of their favorite delicacies, hold out your hand, and be mesmerized as they enjoy what they love right out of your hand. More herd of giraffe live at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo than at any other zoo.

After you have finished feeding the stately tall creatures, check out African lions, Grant’s Zebra, and a host of others that call this beautiful exhibit their home.

Carousel Riding

Unlock your inner child and take a ride on the historic Carousel that has been entertaining kids of all ages since 1937.

Mountaineer Sky Ride Experience

Tame your love, or fear, of heights when you climb on the Mountaineer Sky Ride. Keep your eyes open as you zoom above the Amur tigers, grizzly bears, and Rocky Mountain goats.

Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

Your zoo ticket gives you access to this historical monument that is less than 1.5 miles from the zoo entrance. As you take an incredible family ride up the Russell Tutt Scenic Highway, you will soon be greeted by exquisite architecture. Standing at an elevation of 8,136, the top deck of the shrine, which is dedicated to Will Rogers, provides spectacular views of the Pikes Peak Region and Colorado Springs, so do not forget the camera!

 SHOP THE ZOO

While nothing can replace a photo of you or your loved one snuggled up to the glass barrier as a grizzly bear swims in front of you, having a plush version of this mighty creature, or a tiger comes close.

Explore the gift shop located inside the entrance of the zoo for some incredible finds. T-shirts, toys, water bottles, and a plush animal collection that one would die for awaits your visit. Grab a baby giraffe, hug a flamingo, squeeze a moose, slither around with an Anaconda snake, or touch them all. Plush animals are an excellent way to remember your Cheyenne Mountain Zoo experience.

Are you looking for something more unique for the kiddos, then pick up an Aussie hat and let them feel like they are head zookeeper? To accompany this role, do not forget the Monocular.

CONCLUSION

These are just a few of the remarkable experiences that Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has to offer. Some other incredible experiences are a custom animal experience, celebrate your birthday with a zoo animal birthday party, and so much more. Whether you come for an hour to relax on your lunch break or explore all day, there is something here for everyone.

EXPLORING THE BROADMOOR SOARING ADVENTURE

EXPLORING THE BROADMOOR SOARING ADVENTURE

Seven Falls is home to the best Colorado Springs Zip Line Tours. This is where the fun begins for guests visiting Colorado Springs, The Garden of the Gods, USAFA and The Broadmoor who are looking for a little heart-racing fun. Imagine adventures high above the ground and cruising across The Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado. Zip-lining has never been more fun than in the South Cheyenne Canyon. Seclusion is what you get when you book The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure.

BROADMOOR SOARING ADVENTURE AT SEVEN FALLS

Ten zip-lines spread across two different courses ranging from 300 feet to an impressive 1,800 feet give you a fantastic view of waterfalls and South Cheyenne Canyon. Also included here are hiking trails that are moderately challenging, rope bridges, and a sizeable 180-foot rappel controlled, of course.

It is perfectly fine if you do not have any experience with zip-lines. After a cool 15-minute ground school, Broadmoor Soaring Adventure expert guides will have you set up with the appropriate harness, gloves, the correct helmet, and instructional guidelines on how to navigate the courses carefully and safely.  In no time, you will be soaring above magnificent views as you come across suspension bridges that make you feel like you are in an Indiana Jones film.

Ensuring that there is no environmental impact to the spectacular Seven Falls, Broadmoor Outfitters and The Broadmoor entrusted the expertise of Bonsai Design to create remarkable adventures in the air.

THE COURSES

Woods Course

The Woods Course will give guests astonishing views of pine trees, winding creeks, Midnight Falls, a natural granite arch, and hiking trails that venture down to the falls. Guides will ensure that you have a memory building outing from when you start going up the mountain to the time you set off for your heart-stopping adventurous moment.

Fins Course

The Fins Course provides guests an opportunity to ease into enjoying their adventure. Five zip-lines become progressively longer as you fly high above the impressive steep drops, jagged cliffs, and rock formations that are unique in their own sense. Other incredible features of this course include numerous custom-built suspension bridges and being able to rappel down to the canyon floor when you end.

COURSE INFORMATION

The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure is a hot outdoor recreational adventure for guests visiting Colorado Springs, The Garden of the Gods, USAFA and The Broadmoor; therefore, reservations made in advance are required. For full excitement, book the four-hour option. If you are not sure about soaring through the air for that long, consider booking The Woods course or Finns course separately.

As you are booking your sensational outdoor adventure, remember that tax and gratuity are not included in the course fee, but the Seven Falls park entry fee is. Also, weight restrictions for any of the courses are 90 and 250 pounds. Children that are between the ages of eight and fourteen are welcome as long as an adult comes along.

CONCLUSION

The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure is a thrilling outdoor recreational adventure that offers The Broadmoor guests a once in a lifetime experience. Ten zip-lines, rope bridges, hiking, and rappelling opportunities will have you planning your next trip with friends, family, or your next office retreat.

Colorado Springs Team Building

Take Your Corporate Tour to the Next Level with Broadmoor Outfitters

Take Your Corporate Tour to the Next Level with Broadmoor Outfitters With companies across the world affected by COVID-19, now may be the perfect time to wrangle your team together in order to refocus and regroup. Colorado Springs and the sprawling natural beauty that surrounds it make for the ultimate backdrop for corporate tours, outings, and team trainings. Broadmoor Outfitters offers a variety of specially-designed tours to help businesses get the most out of their time in Colorado Springs. Our corporate tours are expertly crafted to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience your team will never forget. Here are a few ways Broadmoor Outfitters can assist teams hoping to enjoy some outdoor adventure. Colorado Springs Corporate Tours With over 27 years of experience dealing with high-level clients and guests across all industries, we know a thing or two about engaging a group. First, our team works closely with yours to determine your goals. Whether your it’s improving trust among your team, boosting morale, or strengthening your team dynamic, we’ll use your goals to craft a 5-star event that sees your team embark on a day of adventure. Activities are designed to drive cooperation and teamwork each step of the way, and with activities suitable for all fitness levels, no member of your team is ever left behind. Carefully Crafted Experiences Trust in your tour guide is important. Our Colorado Springs outdoor tours are guided by a team of professional facilitators with years of experience in planning adventures for groups of all sizes. Whether you are set on an action-packed day that challenges your team, or a calming, serene escape that focuses on improving mental health, our team at Broadmoor Outfitters is dedicated to delivering an experience that captures the essence of Colorado Springs and the great outdoors. Colorado Springs Outdoor Team Building Activities There’s no shortage of adventure when you’re visiting Colorado Springs. At Broadmoor Outfitters, we specialize in crafting thrilling experiences, and we do this with careful consideration for our guests’ comfort and safety. Groups that book with Broadmoor Outfitters can select from exciting outdoor activities like zip-lining, rock climbing, or even falconry. Each of these encourages cooperation, trust, and teamwork to help you make the most of your team-building trip. The Famous Broadmoor Hunt  Scavenger hunts are a great way to bring your entire team together for a common goal. Our version, the Broadmoor Hunt, is a modern twist on the classic. Gather your team for a heart-pumping day of scouring around Colorado Springs in search of adventure. This app-based activity is both challenging and fun for participants, with a great sense of accomplishment after completion. Other team activities, such as The Amazing Race, FireQuest, and Battle of the Bridges, are a sure way to keep guests engaged for hours. Are you ready to take your next corporate event or team-building day to the next level? Call us to start planning your next day in Colorado Springs.
Geocaching with Broadmoor Outfitters in Colorado Springs

Geocaching: A Family Adventure or Solo Fun in the Colorado Springs Area

Are you looking for an outdoor recreational activity in the Colorado Springs area that could be a family adventure or solo fun? Then look no further than geocaching. Getting started is simple; all you need is your mobile device, GPS receiver, or some other navigational tool to look up the coordinates.

What is a Geocache

For the normal geocache, first, a geocacher places a logbook (including pen or pencil), items to trade in a container, and records the coordinates of that cache. Next, the coordinates and location become shared on a listing site. Those that geocache then finds the coordinates on the site take their GPS devices and go hunting. Once they find the location and item, enter the entries into the logbook and online.

 

In the world of geocaching, treasures, or swag, are items that do not have a substantial monetary value. They may, though, be personal to those who hide the loot. Typical swag includes books, little toys, coins, hat pins, and different types of buttons.

 

Do not forget to return the cache to where you found it so that others may find it. The item, except the logbook, pen, or pencil, may be taken if you have something to leave in its place.

 

Some caches that move from one place to another. Hitchhikers, as referred to, usually have detailed goals assigned to their items. Some examples include placing the cache xx amount of distance from home.

 

Travel Bugs and Geocoins are specific caches that have websites for people to log and follow where they have been online.

 

Almost anything is as a cache except for food, drugs, andanything illegal. Refer to the rules of the listing site.

 

Some great places to geocache in and around Colorado Springs include the Fallen Firefighter Memorial or the Nature Center at Garden of the Gods.

 

Types of Geocache

 

Challenge Cache

This type of geocache requires the geocacher to complete individual geocaching goals before they can record that they found the cache. Possible tasks would include finding five caches in a particular category or locating a cache every day for 30 days.

 

Geocaching.com classifies this type of cache part of the Mystery cache. Other listing sites may consider the challenge cache a standalone class.

 

Mystery Cache

Solve a puzzle or locate specific information, and you will be participating in a mystery cache to find precisely where your cache is.

 

Night Cache

You guessed it! Break out the flashlights, see where the reflectors take you and find that prize location! Some listing sites may classify this as a type of mystery cache.

 

Multi-Cache

The Multi-cache occurs in one or more steps. Locate one, gather the coordinates, move to the next, again recording coordinates, and finally finding the container with the logbook.

 

Traveling Cache

After you have obtained the coordinates from the listing site, head out, find the cache, and then take it somewhere else. You would record the coordinates of where you placed the item so that the next geocacher can continue the cycle.

 

Location Cache

Location caches are close to a scavenger hunt. The geocacher has a description of what to locate. The item you are searching for could be a yellow fire hydrant, brown door, red and black boat, or pink flamingo. After finding the article, use your GPS device and record the location. A picture of both the object and device occurs as well. No one else can use this location as a find.

 

Traditional Cache

Traditional caches are widespread and common. A container with a logbook is standard, as are exact coordinates for locating the cache.

 

Conclusion

Geocaching is an excellent outdoor recreational activity to do with family or solo in the Colorado Springs area. Broadmoor Outfitters  can help you get going. Whatever site listing you decide on utilizing your observation and detective skills will be put to the test looking for those containers.

Geocaching is a great way to social distance exercise at the same time. So, gather up the family or lace up your tennis shoes and have some fun. Contact Broadmoor Outfitters  for more information and how to get going.